Prodr. 15(2): 817. 1866
Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Old home sites, disturbed areas.
Elevation: 0–10 m.
Fla., Pacific Islands, introduced also in Mexico, West Indies, Central America, n South America, se Asia, Africa.
Acalypha wilkesiana is not known in the wild, but presumably originated in the southwestern Pacific Islands (Bismarck Archipelago east to Fiji). The species is commonly cultivated as an ornamental for its leaves that may be various shades of green, purple, red, orange, and yellow (sometimes variegated), and sometimes contorted into unusual shapes. Despite low seed set, it occasionally becomes naturalized in tropical and subtropical areas. Naturalized plants often lack the distinctive leaf coloration found in cultivated plants. Although sometimes treated as A. amentacea subsp. wilkesiana, DNA sequence data show that A. wilkesiana and A. amentacea are distinct species (V. G. Sagun et al. 2010).
|Author||Geoffrey A. Levin +|
|Authority||Müller Arg. in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle +|
|Common name||Painted copperleaf +, beefsteak plant + and match-me-if-you-can +|
|Distribution||Fla. +, Pacific Islands +, Introduced also in Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, N South America +, Se Asia + and Africa. +|
|Elevation||0–10 m. +|
|Habitat||Old home sites, disturbed areas. +|
|Phenology||Flowering spring–fall. +|
|Publication title||Prodr. +|
|Publication year||1866 +|
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|Special status||Introduced +|
|Synonyms||Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana +|
|Taxon family||Euphorbiaceae +|
|Taxon name||Acalypha wilkesiana +|
|Taxon parent||Acalypha +|
|Taxon rank||species +|
|Volume||Volume 12 +|